LINGUIST List 6.667

Thu 11 May 1995

Jobs: Socioling, Lang and Cognition, Statistical Lang Procesing

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  1. Jane Simpson, Two jobs at the University of Sydney (one readvertised)
  2. Rebecca Bruce, posting student research assistantship

Message 1: Two jobs at the University of Sydney (one readvertised)

Date: Fri, 5 May 1995 18:41:50 +Two jobs at the University of Sydney (one readvertised)
From: Jane Simpson <jhsextro.ucc.su.OZ.AU>
Subject: Two jobs at the University of Sydney (one readvertised)

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Lectureship in Sociolinguistics
(Renewable)
Reference No: D11/03

To participate in research and teaching in both the undergraduate and
postgraduate programs in the Department. Preference will be given to a
specialisation in variation studies, but other specialisations could include:
pidgin and creole studies, macrosociolinguistics, ethnography of
communication, pragmatics. A PhD is required.
Preference will be given to applicants with substantial publications.

The position is available for three years, with a possibility of renewal
for up to a further 2 years, subject to need and funding.

[The sociolinguistics position below might be of particular interest to
recent PhD graduates. Note that it is in effect a 5 year position.
"Lectureship Level B" corresponds roughly to the US "Assistant Professor"]

Lectureship in Language and Cognition
(Tenurable)
Reference No: D11/04
[already listed in LINGUIST, but method of application not included]

To participate in research and teaching in both the undergraduate and
postgraduate programs in the Department. Specialisations can include any
field within linguistics and wider cognitive domains:
syntax, semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics,
cognitive grammar, computational linguistics, etc.
A research interest in the languages of the Asian,
Australasian, or Pacific area is desirable. A PhD is required. Preference
will be given to applicants with substantial publications.

Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of
employment for new appointees. For further information about either
position:
contact: Professor William Foley on ext. 14348, fax (02) 552 1683 or
e-mail: william.foleylinguistics.su.edu.au

Salary: Level B $42,198 - $50,111 p.a.

Method of Application:
Three copies of the application, quoting reference no., including curriculum
vitae, list of publications and the names, addresses and fax numbers of at
least three and not more than five referees.
Applications should be forwarded to: The Personnel Officer, (Group D),
Telfer Building, (K07), The University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
Applications close: 31 July 1995.

The department is an active, medium-sized department with strong
interests in general and applied linguistics. Meaning-based, formal and
sociolinguistic approaches to language description are interests of the
Department, as well as fieldwork in the languages of Asia, Australia and
the Pacific. The University attracts excellent local and overseas
students, and the Department has many postgraduate students.
A strong research atmosphere is encouraged and
opportunities for interdisciplinary work also exist with colleagues in
communication disorders, education, law, computer science, anthropology,
electrical engineering, Asian and European languages and Aboriginal Studies.
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Message 2: posting student research assistantship

Date: Sat, 6 May 1995 16:54:00 -posting student research assistantship
From: Rebecca Bruce <rbrucecrl.nmsu.edu>
Subject: posting student research assistantship


GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP - Statistical Language Processing

 Department of Computer Science and Computing Research Lab
 New Mexico State University
 Las Cruces, NM 88003

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A research assistantship is available for a graduate student beginning
Fall 1995. The project will involve developing probabilistic
classifiers for two challenging and diverse natural language
processing (NLP) tasks using a common set of techniques. One
classifier will be capable of disambiguating a large vocabulary of
words with respect to full sets of sense distinctions from published
sources, e.g., Longman's on-line dictionary. The second will perform
a discourse processing task that involves segmentation, reference
resolution, and belief: segmenting a text into blocks that express the
beliefs and opinions of a single agent, and identifying noun phrases
that refer to that agent. A major focus of this project will be
statistical techniques for developing probabilistic models for such
high-level NLP tasks.

The Department of Computer Science and the Computing Research Lab (CRL)
conduct research and development work on all aspects of NLP and are
situated on the campus of New Mexico State University (NMSU).

 DESIRED BACKGROUND:
 * Familiarity with statistical AI techniques (e.g., Bayesian
 networks, various machine learning techniques, corpus-based
 NLP techniques)
 * Familiarity with computational linguistics
 * Strong computer science background with software development
 experience (particularly in C)
 * Demonstrated capability for independent work
 * Good written and verbal skills

 JOB DESCRIPTION
 Research assistantship for a graduate student at NMSU.
 Admission to a graduate program at NMSU is required (all
 application materials must be received by July 1st). The
 successful applicant will work with a small research team
 on developing advanced probabilistic classifiers for NLP
 tasks. The work will involve both directed reading and
 extensive software development.

If you are interested please contact me by e-mail as soon as possible.

 Janyce Wiebe
 Department of Computer Science
 New Mexico State University
 Las Cruces, NM 88003

 e-mail: wiebecs.nmsu.edu
 phone: (505) 646-6228
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